BaseballRecently, the founding Board of Directors of the...


January 05, 1995|By Rich Scherr


Recently, the founding Board of Directors of the Howard Babe Ruth League announced the establishment of the first Babe Ruth-sanctioned league in Howard County.

The countywide league, which should begin play in either 1996 or 1997, will be the latest addition to an area Little League roster that already includes the Howard County Youth Program, Atholton Youth Recreation and Columbia Baseball.

Founding board member Bob Russell, a former commissioner of Columbia Youth Baseball, says the league will try and provide more weekly games and a longer season than other current organizations, with the potential for regional and national playoffs.

Russell stressed that the league will be a countywide endeavor. He has requested the use of fields in Elkridge, Ellicott City, Columbia and a number of other Howard County locations.

"A lot of people in this community think there should be more baseball," said Russell, whose organization received its charter on Nov. 22 and will be electing board members on Monday. "We think we can provide that."

Other organizations, including the 42-year-old HCYP, are welcoming the competition.

"Our program was maxed out last year," said former HCYP Commissioner Woody Merkle. "There were just so many kids looking to play ball that we didn't have enough room for all of them. Hopefully they can come in and ease some of the crunch."


* 13-14 girls -- The 1981 Howard County Youth Program Cougars overcame a height disadvantage to defeat Oxon Hill, 44-10, last weekend in the Langley Park Christmas Tournament.

Jane Williams led the victors with 16 points, followed by Stacie Tokasz (nine), Colleen Cox (five) and Jennifer Tayabji and Jennifer Westervelt (four each).

Ice hockey

The Howard County Youth Hockey Club had mixed results at last week's Thunderbirds Holiday Tournament in Pennsauken, N.J.

* Squirts -- The Squirt A Huskies finished fourth out of eight teams, finishing the three-day event at 1-2-1.

They defeated Toms River (N.J.), 6-3, falling to Nassau County (N.Y.), 2-1, and the New Jersey Gladiators, 4-2, and playing to a 2-2 tie with Valley Forge (Pa.).

Standout performers for the Huskies included Wayne Lamanna and Adam Levine -- who each scored two goals -- and goalie Kurt Carter -- who stopped 21 shots against Toms River.

Chuck Henn and Michael Down received game MVP honors for their showings against Nassau and Valley Forge, respectively.

Other Huskie goal scorers were Jonathan Martinez, Josh Merson and Daniel Baron, while the defense -- led by Eli Martin, Daniel Buswell, Merson, Matt Pinto, Adam Kessler and Andrew Jazwiecki also played well.

* Pee-Wee -- Chris Feeney scored a hat trick to lead the Howard County Youth Program Pee-Wee A team to a 7-1 victory over the Long Island Royals.

The victory salvaged the final game of the three-day tournament. Despite the strong defensive play of Robby Falk, Jeff Dinoto, Danny Fritz, Chris Kaiser and goalie Jason Milke the Huskies dropped their first three games.

Feeney led the offense during the tournament, scoring four goals and assisting on two others. Other scorers were Derek Williams (two goals, one assist), Justin Keller (two goals), Keith Milli, Nick Graves and Phil Down (one goal and one assist each) and Richie Jondo (one goal).

Chris Rohrback (three), Dinoto (two), Matt Scott, Drew Zinchiak, Kaiser, Fritz and Falk also had assists.


* Girls -- Teams from Top Flight Gymnastics of Columbia met with success at two recent meets.

In the season-opening Harford Holiday Invitational, the gym's three-member Level 7 contingent easily captured the team title, nearly sweeping the competition.

Amara Lattimore took first place in the all-around with 36.90, Megan Miller took second with 35.90 and Gabrielle Federline placed fifth with 34.35.

But gymnasts in other levels fared equally well. Several Top Flight competitors posted first-place finishes.

They included Samantha Epstein (Level 5, age 7-8 beam), Kristina Macey (Level 5, 9-10 floor), Keri Farrish (Level 5, 9-10 vault), Emily Pieplow (Level 6 all-around, vault, beam and floor), Jennifer Chairs (Level 8 floor) and Kimberly Jewell (Level 8 vault).

Top Flight also flexed its muscles at the recent Baltimore County Invitational.

Michelle Parry took first in the Level 5, 7-8 all-around with 35.05, also winning the beam and bars. Farrish also won the all-around in the 9-11 age group with 35.65, winning the beam.

Together, they helped the Level 5 team take first place at the meet.

The Level 7 team, led by Federline's all-around victory (36.65), also captured first place. Federline won all four events in the 8-11 age group.

In Level 8, Jewell took first on 9-11 beam and first all-around (35.05). Yael Sollins finished second all-around (33.60), placing first on the floor and bars. Dario Hay also took top prize in the vault.

In the 12-14 age group, Chairs won the all-around (33.10), placing first on the floor and vault.


* 10-12 girls -- The Howard County Wrestling Association intramural and travel teams participated in the Boonsboro Holiday Tournament on Dec. 30.

In the Elementary Division, Michael Dauberman placed first, and Scott Cannon and Ben Nichols took second.

Brandon Lauer also took second in the Seventh-Eighth Grade Division, with Joey Crescenzo, Derek Dauberman, Kris Kowgios, Tim Krummenoehl and Nick Service all advancing past the quarterfinals.

More than 430 wrestlers from West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland took part in the tournament.

* Note: Submit your recreation, league and game news to the Howard County Recreation Roundup by calling (410) 521-0505.


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